Professional LiabilityView our Specialists in Professional Liability
4 New Square are renowned for being the top set in the field of Professional Liability.
Shortlisted for the ‘Professional Negligence Set of the Year‘ (2018) award by Chambers & Partners UK. Justin Fenwick QC and Scott Allen were awarded Professional Negligence Silk and Junior of the Year 2018.
Chambers regularly win the Chambers & Partners ‘Professional Negligence Set of the Year’ and Members of Chambers have regularly won silk or junior of the year in this area and individuals have been recognised as ‘stars’ in the directories. Moreover, we have more individuals ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for professional negligence than any other set. In short we boast not only star individuals but unrivalled strength in depth.
Members of chambers appear in many of the most prominent and high value professional liability cases.
Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability, the leading practitioner book on this area of law, continues to be edited in house.
Cases range from multi-million pound claims in a wide variety of commercial contexts to claims by private individuals who feel they have been let down by their professional advisers. We act in cases involving the full range of professions and are experienced in cases with an international element.
Whatever the claim, whatever the profession and whether acting for the claimant or the defendant, we bring to it both an understanding of the underlying circumstances and experience of similar cases.
Our work in this area extends to issues of professional indemnity insurance, including disputes as to avoidance or denial of cover and as to the meaning and effect of policy terms.
Recent cases involving members of chambers include:
- BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Holland  UKSC 21, a seminal decision of the Supreme Court relating to the scope of professionals’ liability for damages where members of Chambers appears on both sides.
- Lowick Rose LLP v. Swynson Ltd and another  UKSC 32, a leading Supreme Court decision on the scope of the doctrine of collateral benefit (otherwise known as res inter alios acta) alongside the concepts of transferred loss and equitable subrogation based on unjust enrichment.
- Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd v Wilkins Kennedy  EWHC 3188 (TCC) – High profile claim against accountants for US$60m in relation to development of a luxury resort in the Caribbean.
- Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc  UKSC 15 – Landmark Supreme Court decision concerning the interaction between statutory limitation and adjudication.
- AIB Group (UK) Limited v Mark Redler & Co Solicitors  UKSC 58, the leading Supreme Court decision on the assessment of equitable compensation in claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.